The French Window at Nice (1919) by Henri Matisse

The French Window at Nice - Henri Matisse - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleThe French Window at Nice
ArtistHenri Matisse
Dimensions130 x 89 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US

About The French Window at Nice

“The French Window at Nice” is an oil on canvas painting by Henri Matisse, created in 1919, and considered part of the Expressionism movement. It measures 130 cm in height by 89 cm in width and is described as a genre painting. This artwork is housed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The artwork features an interior scene depicted in a vibrant array of colors and fluid, expressive brushstrokes that are characteristic of Matisse’s style. The composition showcases a centrally-placed French window, painted in brilliant blue, which opens to reveal a view of the distant landscape. Flanking the window are voluminous, semi-translucent curtains that add depth and texture to the scene. To the left, a female figure is seated, contemplatively facing the viewer, and to the right is the hint of a bed, adorned with stripes that echo the color and vivacity of the rest of the room. The artwork exudes a sense of tranquility while simultaneously employing a lively palette that reflects the light and ambiance of the Nice region. Matisse’s use of color and shape effectively conveys the warmth and relaxed atmosphere of the Mediterranean setting.

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